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Kate Atkinson Boehme.
Washington, D. C m
National Publishing Company,
HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
JULY 10. 1940
By KATE ATKINSON BOEHME.
I am now going to suppose that you know
nothing of Mental Healing and have come to
me to ask what it is and how it works. You say
you can not possibly understand how it is that
the thought of one person can have any effect
upon the body of another person, although you
are ready to admit that your own thought has
its influence upon your own body. You do not
question that in the least. You know that your
hand moves in obedience to thought, and so
with all the members of your body. This has
gone on so long and you are so accustomed to
it that it seems a simple fact enough. It is,
however, really a very complex and mysterious
process. Merely taking it for granted does not
explain it. What is thought, that it should act
on the nerves and muscles of your body and
produce motion? Who ever saw a thought
when it so acted on nerve and muscle ? No one
2 MENTAL HEALING MADE PLAIN.
has ever been able to explain the mystery and
yet we accept it as a fact. Do we do this be-
cause physiologists tell us it is so ? Wo. We
know it through our own inner experience.
For instance. I see a book on the table. I
think I would like to examine it. I am con-
scious of that thought. Then I think I will
take it up, I am conscious of that thought
also. Then I do take it up and I know, or am
conscious, which means the same thing, that
my taking up of that book is the result of my
first thinking that I would like to see the book,
and afterward thinking that I will see it.
I know that my thought has somehow extend-
ed my hand toward the table and caused the
fingers to close about the book and then my
hand has drawn the book toward me. Hundreds
of nerves and muscles have been brought into
action, and yet I do not know how it was ac-
complished. I may have it explained to me
how muscles contract and expand and I may see
that the entire network of nerves and muscles
throughout the body is controlled by thought,
but that is not seeing how it is done.
That, it seems, must remain a mystery. But
for that reason do we deny it ? Not at all ! I
know of no one who does not acknowledge that
thought controls the body; that is, that his
thought controls his own body.
MENTAL HEALING MADE PLAIN. 3
I shall therefore take it for granted that you
will acknowledge that, but when I ask you to
go a step further and accept the fact that my
thought can act on your body I am not surpris-
ed when you shake your head incredulously and
say it can not be done.
But suppose I point to a hundred instances
where it has been done. Again you shake
your head and say — Coincidence.
Well, I am determined, if possible, to con-
vince you. How shall I proceed? I want to
prove that a more wonderful healing power has
come to the earth than was ever vested in drug
or other curative agent. All the drugs and
healing agencies in the world have failed to
give you perfect health, and that is why this
new power is knocking at the world's door to-
day. It has done more than that, it has enter-
ed but has not been hospitably received by all,
and has been rejected by many who needed it
most, and rejected because they could not un-
derstand, from a scientific viewpoint, how
thought can produce the results in healing
which are claimed for it.
I can well remember how hard it was for me
to realize in the early days of my healing that I
was accomplishing anything with my thought.
It seemed such an airy, impalpable nothing. I
could not see it going forth upon its healing
4 MENTAL HEALING MADE PLAIN.
mission, and it was not until the work was done
that I had any proof of its having gone forth.
Even then I was inclined to think it was a coin-
cidence that the patient improved when I began
treatment. It was only after many cures that
I gave up the idea that the patient just happen-
ed to get well anyway. Finally, the coinciden-
ces became so numerous that there seemed a
law in action, and I was at last convinced that
it was indeed my thought that was doing the
My faith in the transmission of thought
from one person to another was often strength-
ened by a simple experiment. Perhaps you
have tried it. If not I advise you to, for it is
very significant. Get together a few of your
friends. Blindfold one and place him in the
middle of the room, after having shown him a
key or some other object which you intend that
he shall find. Surround this person in a closed
circle with joined hands, while all of you think
steadily of the key in the place where it is de-
posited. After a time the blindfolded person,
with slow and uncertain steps, will begin to
move toward the key and will ultimately find it.
This is the sensation of the one blindfolded as
I experienced it. First my mind felt utterly
vacant. All thought seemed to vanish. Then
in a few seconds I felt pushed as by unseen
hands in a certain direction. So strong was
MENTAL HEALING MADE PLAIN. 5
the inclination of my body in that direction that
I would have fallen had I not put out one foot
to save myself. Then another push and an-
other step, and so I gradually approached a
chair on which the key had been placed. When
I reached the chair instead of veering away
from it or going around it as I might have done,
my whole body relaxed and I drooped over it
with arms listlessly hanging until one hancT
touched the key. On another occasion the key
was hung upon the wall, and when I reached
the wall I felt a desire to stretch upward with
one arm. I did so and touched the key where it
hung upon a nail.
Now, had the action of those minds been di-
rected to my mind, I might have had a definite
idea of the position of the key. I would prob-
ably have thought, The key is on the chair or,
The key hangs on the wall, but I had no such
definite thought. It seemed more like a blind
instinctive movement for which I could not ac-
count. I was impelled to move, I knew not
why. It therefore seemed as though the thought
acted directly upon my body without passing
through the medium of my mind. Still, had
it first passed through the mind it would have
confirmed the fact of thought transmission. The
position of the key would have been conveyed
to my mind without spoken word and the
thought itself must have been transmitted di-
6 MENTAL HEALING MADE PLAIN.
rectly and without the usual medium of speech.
The law of telepathy or thought transmission
is now accepted by scientific men the world
over, but I am assuming that you do not know
this and that the subject is entirely new to you;
in which event you have a simple experiment
at hand. It is easy to try it and convince your-
self, for personal experience goes a long way
toward conviction, in fact, conviction seldom
comes without it.
There is a large hospital in Paris called La
Salpetriere. It is one of the oldest and largest
hospitals there, covering an area of seventy-
four acres and consisting of forty-live large
blocks. In that hospital the patients are treat-
ed almost entirely by the power of thought.
The doctors there do not call it mental healing,
however; they call it hypnotic suggestion, but
thought power is the agent just the same. They
do some queer things there which you would
hardly believe did not the reputation of the
physicians and the standing of the hospital back
up the statements.
!Nbw, hypnotic suggestion differs from men-
tal healing in several respects, one of which I
will mention. In hypnotic suggestion it is
deemed necessary to throw the patient into a
peculiar state of sleep which is called hypnosis.
In mental healing we do not think that essen-
MENTAL HEALING MADE PLAIN. 7
tial, for we believe it to be an abnormal or un-
natural condition and would therefore avoid it
But let me tell you what is done to these
patients while in the state of hypnosis. A drop
of cold water is placed on the flesh and the pa-
tient is told that it is boiling oil. It then
draws a blister. Now, how do you suppose this
is done ? Quite a mystery, is it not ? But be-
ing done by reputable doctors in a reputable
hospital you can not very well doubt it.
Then these doctors take a fly-blister and di-
vide it into three parts, 1, 2, and 3. Number 1
they place upon a patient's right arm, number
2 upon the left and number 3 upon the arm of
a person who is not in hypnosis. This done,
the doctor says of number 1 that it will not
draw a blister, and says nothing of number 2
or 3. The result is that number 1 does not
draw a blister. They call that negative sug-
gestion, which means that the blistering power is
all taken away from the number 1 piece of fly-
blister while it remains in the other two pieces,
numbers 2 and 3. I say the blistering power is
drawn out of number 1, but perhaps it is more
correct to say that the skin of the patient is
made positive against it. The fly-blister be-
comes negative to the skin of the patient and
produces no effect upon it, although it is a good,
8 MENTAL HEALING MADE PLAIN.
strong blister, as may be seen by the effect
produced by numbers 2 and 3.
What a wonderful power this is, to be sure,
that can turn a drop of pure, cold water into a
violent irritant, or a fly-blister into something as
harmless as a postage stamp.
I could tell you of many other curious ex-
periments that are performed not only in La
Salpetriere, but in other hospitals, and by many
physicians in their private practice. Dr. Char-
cot, whose standing at the head of the medical
profession no one will question, is known to
have used hypnotic suggestion largely and in
preference to drugs, and the same is true of
many of the most advanced physicians of the
I will now quote from the Medical Summary,
of Philadelphia, which says editorially :
"A popular writer has said that suggestion is
the moving power in the treatment of disease.
Experienced practitioners habitually employ it
to advantage of the patient. Prudent friends
and callers at the bedside practice suggestion by
taking with them the assurance of better things
to come. A word of cheer, the reassuring
smile, inspires hope — this, too, is suggestion.
[Rheumatic rings, magnetic healing, and divine
healing all have their tap root in suggestion.
Pain, sleeplessness, neuralgia, rheumatism,
MENTAL HEALING MADE PLAIN. 9
headache, etc., often yield to suggestion. If,
with ability to diagnose disease and without the
aid from coal-tar sedatives and opiates, the phy-
sician can relieve such maladies as headache,
lumbago, sciatica, or the anguish of rheumatic
joint, duty imposes the obligation to do so."
This shows the trend of the more advanced
and liberal in the medical fraternity, and for
my part I am not at all inclined to antagonize
the profession as a whole, or indeed, at all.
What if there are some illiterate physicians
who are opposed to the new movement. They
do not lead the van. There are others, more
intelligent, who are in the lead, and the igno-
rant will follow. I have many regular physi-
cians on my list of subscribers, who write me
for instruction. Others who actually send their
patients to me for treatment, and others still
who take treatment themselves, who acknowl-
edge the inefficacy of drugs, and ask for some-
thing better. One physician in New York
asked me to go in partnership with him, and if
the truth were known physicians as a whole are
not so prejudiced as they are represented to be.
Of course, if we go in as cranks and order
that the attending physician be turned out of
the sick room, we naturally stir up some ill feel-
ing. That is the mistake the Christian Scien-
tists have made, as in the case of Harold Fred-
10 MENTAL HEALING MADE PLAIN.
eric, where the doctor was discharged and the
patient died. If the Christian Scientists al-
ways saved their patients it would be quite an-
other thing; they could then discharge doctors
with impunity, but since they often fail, it were
better not to attempt to carry things with so
high a hand since it serves to bring discredit
upon their movement. Mental Scientists, on
the other hand, are more modest in their claims,
more courteous to the medical profession, and
rarely fail to heal their patients.
You see the world keeps moving on and no
conservatism can stop it. One system gives
place to another. Different schools of medicine
have appeared, had their day, and vanished.
Mental Healing is here now. It is having its
day. When that day has passed it will give
place to something else, but that does not con-
cern us. While we have a power for good in our
hands it is best to use it, and not go about
vaguely seeking for what is to follow. When
Mental Healing is on the wane it will be time
enough to look for something better. And it
is not on the wane, but steadily rising toward
When you realize that a drop of cold
water, when used with hypnotic suggestion, can
draw a blister, can you doubt the power of
thought over the secretions of the body ? More-
MENTAL HEALING MADE PLAIN. 11
over, the drop of water is not actually necessary
in the experiment, for thought alone can pro-
duce the blister and it has done so. On the other
hand, thought alone can prevent a blister and it
has done so.
Professor Wm. James, of Harvard Univer-
sity, says that tumefaction can be produced by
thought in any part of the body. By the same
principle, applied in the opposite manner, tume-
faction can be removed by thought.
Dr. Elmer Gates has shown that blood can
be sent here and there at will throughout the
body by simply thinking it there. This he can
prove to you beyond a doubt. Other men of
science are giving out quite as remarkable state-
ments and their word must go for something.
You can not shake your head forever and doubt
everything and everybody. You accept a great
deal on the evidence of chemists, astronomers
and naturalists, and the evidence in favor of the
power of thought in curing disease is just as
convincing. No one who investigates thorough-
ly can doubt it.
I think perhaps the greatest obstacle to our
believing that thought can pass from one mind
to that of another is that there does not seem to
be any material agent of transmission, any ve-
hicle for travel. But there is. It is a refined
matter in the form of ether, and on this ether
12 MENTAL HEALING MADE PLAIN.
thought travels. There are things which we
may not detect with our senses which neverthe-
less exist and this is one of them.
Electricity exists all about us, but we are
unaware of the fact, and there was a time when
we would have deemed it impossible that it
should be pressed into service as it now is. If
Edison lives long enough he will show us how
to find and use it without putting up great elec-
tric plants and a lot of cumbersome machinery.
Even now he is discovering a way to produce it
direct from coal. We shall run our automo-
biles, light our houses and do all sorts of things
with electricity minus the engine or dynamo.
What an advance, but it only goes to show how
the world is moving toward finer and finer
Who would have thought that we should be
telegraphing without wires ? I confess that it is
still a wonder to me when a transmitter is set
up here in Washington and a receiver in Boston,
that a message should travel without wires from
here to Boston and not get lost on the way.
But it gets there and so does thought when it
goes from a healer here to a patient in Boston.
The healer is the transmitter and the patient
is the receiver, the message going straight and
true from one to the other. And not only that,
but from here to England, from here to Fin-
land, from here to South Africa, from here any-
MENTAL HEALING MADE PLAIN. 13
where wherever the receiver is set up intheform
of a patient. It may take weeks for alettertogo
to some of these places, but a thought goes in
an instant, like an electric flash. We have dis-
covered an electrical thought power, and we
live in an electrical age. Great and still great-
er wonders are to be unfolded in the present
In my next lesson I shall say something of
how thought controls the involuntary activities
of the body, the beating of the heart, circula-
tion of the blood, digestion, etc.
In the meantime, think over what I have said
about this thought power, and you will be ready
to admit that there is at least a possibility of
its transmission from mind to mind. That once
admitted, it will not seem so ridiculous or im-
probable that it should heal disease. If you be-
lieve that thought is a force, that it acts on the
body and also believe that it can be transmitted
from one mind to another or from one mind to
another body, then it seems to me but a step for
you to believe that it can either produce or cure
Have you not noticed that the angry thought
of another can make you ill, even though not a
word be spoken? That simply goes to show
how thought can produce disease. There is
another quality of thought that can heal. We
will speak of that later.
In my former lesson I tried to make it clear
that thought is a force, a silent force, that can
act without the medium of spoken or written
word, and that the thought of one mind can act
on the body of another person. It can act for
good or ill. It can make well or it can make
sick. Since it is such a power it is wise to know
something about it, and how to use it. That
knowledge is open to anyone who will seek for
it, and it is so well worth seeking that I feel like
calling it — The one thing needful, to be desired
above all things.
If you wished to run a locomotive you would
certainly acquaint yourself with its parts;
you would learn about its mechanism and
how it worked, or you would be a very poor
engineer, and probably have an accident on
your first trip. You would go on having acci-
dents until you knew more about your engine
and how to control it.
Now, that is just what we have been doing.
We have attempted to run a human engine of
which we know far too little, and in conse-
quence have had our mishaps, which we called
sicknesses, and our engines have been in the
repair shop far too much of the time. To be
MENTAL HEALING MADE PLAIN. 15
sure the mechanism of the human engine is
much more complicated and difficult to under-
stand than that of its iron brother, but it is pos-
sible to learn all that is necessary to know, in
order to have it under perfect control It
takes time, of course, and thought, and perse-
verance, but it is time and thought and perse-
verance well spent. In fact, it could not be
Is there any study that can compare with it ?
I should say not. Indeed, it may well be made
the first of all studies, for without health, peace
of mind and the ability to master circumstances,
what can we accomplish in any direction ? To
bring our powers, well evolved, to bear upon
the vocation which we may choose is to make
delightful work of it, and not painful labor.
We are placed in the position of the man who
might attempt to run an engine without suffi-
cient knowledge of it He must experiment,
and so must we. He must find the motive
power and learn how to use and control it; so
must we. He must be able to increase that
motive power; so must we.
But here the analogy ends, for, while the
power of an engine has a limit, ours has none.
I once saw a slender, delicate little fellow
who had been without food for a week perform
a feat which would have shamed a Sandow. He
had been thrown into a hypnotic sleep in a pub-
16 MENTAL HEALING MADE PLAIN.
lie hall and kept under constant surveillance
during the seven days of his fast, and at the
dose he was placed in a chair and held down
in it by six strong policemen. At a signal from
the man who held him in hypnotic control the
little frail creature sprang up and threw off
those powerful men as though they had been
insects which had settled upon him. Now,
where did his strength come from ? It was
certainly not resident in his flabby muscles.
I have seen many exhibitions of this kind,
and it all goes to convince me that we are open
on the inner, mental side to a great reservoir
of strength, which can pour into weak muscles
and strengthen them on the instant. Once, be-
fore the Society for Psychical Kesearch in Bos-
ton, I saw two hypnotized subjects impersonate
Bill Nye and a political speaker. The operator
simply suggested to the one that he was Bill
Nye and to the other that he was on the stump
in the interests of his candidate. The pseudo
Bill Nye was irresistibly droll, and his elo-
quence flowed in a steady stream to the end of
his long address. The stump-speaker was just
as good in his role, and to me it was remarkable
that each should so excel in his oratory, for cer-
tainly the operator could not have given more
than a suggestion for each to carry out. If he
had given to either speaker his discourse word
MENTAL HEALING MADE PLAIN. 17
for word he must have been a remarkably fine
orator, while to give two such addresses simul-
taneously to the two speakers would have im-
plied more ability than I for one moment could
have believed him to possess.
What, then, was the alternative? Each
speaker must have tapped for himself the source
of inspiration. In some inscrutable way the
suggestion to the one that he was Bill Nye must
have brought him in touch with Bill Nye's cur-
rent of thought, while the suggestion to the
other that he was a stump speaker must have
connected him with that current.
These instances and many others of a similar
character have led me to think that back of
each one of us is this great reservoir containing
all that it is possible for us to express of
strength, of vitality, of health, of harmony, of
beauty, of all that we can imagine, of all that
we would be. We have but to open the chan-
nel and let it flow through.
There stands the engine on the track, a
motionless thing awaiting the touch of the en-
gineer's hand. The throttle opens and away
she springs, a creature of life and power. Is it
a miracle ? No, an everyday occurrence and yet
a matter of law, a matter of adjustment, a mat-
ter of scientific certainty, and of greatest im-
portance to you and me; for power, or life, is
18 MENTAL HEALING MADE PLAIN.
let loose in us exactly as it is in the engine. It
is done by knowing how. Complicated as the
human machinery certainly is, it is not so dif-
ficult to understand and control as it would
If you expect to run an engine you will save
yourself a great deal of time and trouble by ac-
cepting without question the instruction which
an experienced engineer can give you. Don't
stand and argue with him about it, but go ahead
and do what he tells you to do. He is able
to run an engine, and run it satisfactorily;
therefore he is a good man to listen to at the
start. You may improve on his methods later
on and get more speed out of the engine than
he can, but you can not do it now; and you are
likely to make a mess of it if you try. Put in
practice his ideas now and evolve some of your
own after a time.
For the same reason I shall ask you to accept
and act on my statements, because they have
served me well in running my engine and be-
cause I know they will also run yours. You may
need something to suit the particular adjust-
ment of your machinery, to get the very best
out of it, but that will come to you afterward
easily and naturally from your own thought and
Human engines, although differing greatly in
MENTAL HEALING MADE PLAIN. 19
detail, are all run on the same general principle,
and it is only that which I am giving you. The
detail you will work out for yourself.
All railroad engineers use water for the gen-
erating of steam. They are of one accord in
that respect. One does not use water and an-
other vinegar and another molasses. They all
use water. Why? Because it is the best for
the purpose. There are reasons why vinegar
or molasses are not as good, but if you attempt
to argue with an engineer and ask him why
they are not as good, a look in his eye will pro-
nounce you a fool for your pains, or he may
say, brusquely, "Better go along and try 'em."
The engineer is a practical man, you see. He
has good, sound, solid sense. He does not
stand mooning about the "why" and the
"wherefore," as too many of us do, but straight-
way goes ahead and does something and gets
Now, the using of water in the engine is a
general principle. Something not to be ques-
tioned, but put in practice. And so of the
general principle which I would give you and
which I ask you to accept on trust. It is this:
In running the human engine you must turn
on a certain current of thought, and that cur-
rent is yours to command.
When I hear people say that they can not
20 MENTAL HEALING MADE PLAIN.
control their thought currents I know better. I
know they have not tried long enough or in the
And I want to say another thing to you which
I hope you will accept on trust until you can
prove it for yourself. I want to say that there
is nothing but the Water of Divine Truth or
True Thought which will serve you well in
your engine. You can let in currents of
thought which correspond to vinegar or molas-
ses, but you will get from them only corrosion
or stickiness instead of motive power.
There is a True Thought concerning your-
self, and there is also a False Thought. The
False Thought is nothing but an illusion, and
yet while it is in your mind it seems real, and
you act from it as such. You think of yourself
as weak and you act so, but you are no more
weak than was the hypnotized subject who
threw off six strong policemen. How did he do
it ? Because for the moment his real strength
was revealed to him. You have often seen the
quotation — "As a man thinketh in his heart so
is he." That applies to the case in hand. This
man thought he was strong, and in consequence
he was so.
The same principle applies to disease of any
kind. You may have some internal trouble,
and you may think it is a cancer. If you think
MENTAL HEALING MADE PLAIN. 21
so strongly enough it will be a cancer. Or, on
the other hand, you may actually have a cancer
and if you can be made to think strongly
enough that you have not one the cancer will
But, how are you to be made to think you
have not a cancer when you have ? Ah, but have
you? That is the point. It all depends upon
what you regard as you. If you are your
physical body, why then you have the cancer
sure enough. I shall not deny it. What I do
deny is that you are your physical body, and I
declare instead that you are a birthless, death-
less spiritual identity, having the power to put
on many envelopes of flesh which you will call
your body. No one knows how many of these
envelopes you have had already. ~No one
knows how many you will have in time to come.
The one you have now is continually changing,
and if it has a cancer now, it need not have
three months hence. The length of time re-
quired to heal it will depend upon the control
you have over your body.
Now listen— When I say THE CONTROL
YOU HAVE OVEE YOUR BODY, does it
not sound as though you were something above
and superior to your body ? Else how can you
control it? As long as you think of yourself
as your body, or your body as yourself, you can
22 MENTAL HEALING MADE PLAIN.
not establish any claim of superiority over any
of its states or activities or be able to bring
them under control.
When you say of the real self, which is you,
that it has not a cancer you are speaking the
truth, for the more you know of this real self
the more strongly you will realize that it can
not have cancer or any defect or disease and,
as you realize this, your thought takes on a
positive character because IT NOW IS THE
REAL THING and not subject to illusion. It
is now THINKING THE GOD TRUTH, IS
EIEED WITH THE DIVINE ENERGY
AND CAN HEAL YOUR BODY.
And what is true of healing disease in the
body is also true of healing the mind of its
worries, its troubles, its apprehensions, its
griefs, its weariness and all its woes.
I can feel within myself how it is that the
true self is not touched or hurt by any of these
things, but the difficulty is to make my thought
clear to others. Just as I was thinking how I
might best express myself on the subject I
came across the following, which seemed to
throw a high light on my thought. It is from
an article by M. E. Carter in The Humanitari-
an, originally published in Mind:
"Some years ago, while at Greenacre, Eliot,
U. S. A., I saw a picture that impressed me
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deeply. It was painted by an idealist, a girl
only nineteen years of age. The picture rep-
resented a beautiful head, the face being per-
fect in outline and color; but the large, dark
eyes seemed to be looking far away, seeking
with a hungry, unsatisfied expression something
apparently unattainable. The face was inex-
pressibly sad, with all its beauty and earnest-
ness. Close beside this head, with a cheek al-
most pressed against it, was another head — the
face perfect in serenity and a study in its calm-
ness and peace. Both were beautiful; but one
left on the beholder a sense of hunger and anx-
iety, while in the other there was nothing to
desire. The picture interpreted itself as one
looked upon it. There in graphic outline was
the oft-repeated story of the human being not
yet awake to its divine Self — hungry, anxious,
sad, yearning for it knows not what; and all the
time the divine Self, the real Self, the true be-
ing, close at hand, waiting for recognition ! It
is this true Self of each one of us with whom,
sooner or later, we must become acquainted,
and whose presence we must learn to realize
every moment of our lives thereafter."
Now, if you begin to argue and question the
possibility of there being two selves and get in-
volved in a lot of metaphysical perplexities,
you will be like the man who spends a lot of
time questioning whether vinegar or molasses
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will do the work of water in his engine. Don't
waste time over that foolishness, but turn on
the water and go ahead.
Seek the real self, and if you do not find it,
or even get a glimpse of it, or feel a vitalizing
sense of its presence, if a great peace does not
come over your spirit while your troubles melt
into thin air and your diseases fall away like the
old plumage from a bird in the spring — why, if
all this does not happen, and much more that is
good, then you can go back to metaphysical dis-
cussion, but in my opinion you will never need
to go back to it, for you will have found some-
thing so much better. Instead of theorizing
about the KEAL THING you will have found
It will help you very much to see in mind the
painting just mentioned with the two selves so
well portrayed. One restless, sad, unsatisfied,
hungry, anxious and longing for it knows not
what, the other perfect in its serenity and a
study in calmness and peace. And remember
that Other Self, that Great Self, is so close, so
The little self compared with it is as a wave
on the surface of the great ocean. It rises, as-
serts itself, then seeks again its source and is
one with it. Some writers call this the loss of
identity. I call it the finding. The wave is not
lost when it mingles with ocean, for does it not
come forth again?
In my second lesson I intended to speak of
subconscious action, but in leading up to it I
covered so much space that I concluded to de-
fer the topic to this lesson.
Various writers use the term, subconscious,
in different ways. With some it seems to indi-
cate, what I should call instead, the super-con-
scious, or what Emerson called the Over-Soul.
That is not what I mean by the sub-con-
scious, for I would use it to denote a mental
power governing what is known as the involun-
tary action of the body, such as the beating of
the heart, the circulation of the blood, diges-
tion, or any process not immediately dependent
on or contrplled by the will. The act of walk-
ing is largely subconscious, while the direction
in which one walks is generally dependent on
the will, although it often happens that when
one goes in the same direction daily the feet
will seem to turn corners of their own accord
while the mind is fully occupied with other
The subconscious mind is a bundle of habits,
and habits of long duration, at that. The sub-
conscious mind contracts habits of disease, that
is a part of it gets to moving in a wrong direc-
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tion and keeps on so moving to the disturbance
of the general harmony until something hap-
pens to set it right, or all the other parts adjust
themselves to the erratic action and establish a
sort of truce among themselves, compromising
as it were for the sake of temporary peace,
though not for the greatest good of all con-
It is well known that the different parts of
the body will change position to make room for
a misplaced organ, and though they could per-
form their work much better in their own
proper places, after a little grumbling and com-
plaining they settle down to business in their
new quarters and get on quite amicably, though
there is always a lingering element of discon-
tent. They seldom break out in open riot, but
simply make the owner of the body in which
they are ensconced fell somewhat uncomfort-
able. He knows something is wrong with the
servants in his inner chambers. He can not see
what it is, but is made to feel that something
is not as it should be, and there is discord in his
house of flesh.
The subconscious mind is really subordinate
to the conscious mind, although it has a way
of asserting itself and going off on its own hook
just as all subordinates will do at times.
One writer has ingeniously put it that the
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human organism maintains itself by holding in
leash lower forces that are always struggling to
get away and gain their freedom. It certainly
looks like it, for no sooner does the spirit,
which holds the body intact, take its departure
than the wildest anarchy ensues, every atom
hurrying to get away from organic control.
It may be mere fancy on my part, but I can
not help thinking that if we treated these atoms
with a little more consideration we should get
better and happier service from them, but that
is a mere thought in passing.
We have accepted the fact that somehow the
physical economy is regulated with intelligence,
but have not been so ready to believe that the
regulating intelligence dwells within the organ-
ism itself. That it does is one of the strongest
points in our healing philosophy, and in proof
of this let me quote from one of my own arti-
cles on the subject :
"The body is like a clock which has been
wound up at some time in the past, and death
is the running down of its mechanical action.
The conquest of death then is the winding up
of that clock and the process is simple when
Let us see if this is not true.
Long ago in the early beginnings of life on
this planet that little protoplasmic form, the
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amoeba, had a desire for food. Impelled by
this desire it floated here and there until it
came in contact with the object of its desires
when it folded itself about that object, ab-
sorbed that which it could assimilate and re-
leased the balance. As time went on its desire
grew stronger and stronger, and its need for
more varied food greater, so that instead of let-
ting its prey go quickly it held on to it, so as to
extract, if possible, still more sustenance. This
resulted finally in a settled contractile effort
which converted the flat surface of the amoeba
into a tube-like formation, the first nucleus of
But this little stomach could not digest all
that it stowed away and would probably
have had a severe touch of indigestion had it
not in time gotten rid of that portion of its
food which could not possibly be assimilated,
therefore ducts or channels were formed for
liquid and solid matter to pass out of the little
organism which no longer needed them. These
ducts were primitive bowels and kidneys. To
supply other needs, eyes, ears, heart, lungs and
other organs were formed.
These organs owe their origin and growth to
conscious action on the part of the individual
projecting them. No matter how low the form
of life, if it has any knowledge of external ob-
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jects it possesses consciousness, for to be con-
scious means simply to know, the word "con-
scious" being from the Latin conscius, from con
and scire to know. The amoeba was conscious,
because it knew of the presence of its prey,
and it had volition because it willed to grasp
that prey. It acted then with conscious volition
and in this way it projected the organs which
it afterwards developed.
But as its desires grew apace it dropped the
control of the first established activities, be-
cause it could do so by virtue of mechanical
law. If you set a ball rolling it is carried
forward by the momentum given by your hand,
which is the agent of your conscious volition,
and the ball rolls on until the force transmitted
is spent. By the same law the mechanical action
which was set up at first in the body by con-
scious volition continues until the force im-
parted to it is exhausted.
In this way our bodies are running as the
result of an action set up long ago. As we go
from childhood to old age we get farther and
farther from the original impelling force until
finally the mechanism runs down, just as a
clock would with no hand to wind it.
But just so surely as a clock can renew its
action just so surely can the human body do
the same and escape that cessation of activity
which we know as death.
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What we must learn, then, is how to wind
the clock and also how to regulate its ma-
I will tell you how to do this.
The machinery in the subconscious mind is
not like wood or steel and so you regulate it
with different tools. The tools you must use are
words either in thought or spoken. You can
also use emotion,- which is sometimes utterly
If people understood this better they would
know why a Mental Healer tells a patient that
he is well and strong when he is evidently sick
and weak. If the subconscious mind were not
under the control of the conscious it would not
do the slightest good to make such an affirma-
tion. It would produce no more effect than a
pebble thrown against a stone wall.
That it does produce an effect is due to the
fact that the subconscious mind is sensitive,
vibrating substance, mind substance, and when
it is touched by a living word it moves in ac-
cordance with that word.
Living words are words of health, words of
success, words of good cheer and the subcon-
scious mind responds to them by producing bet-
ter circulation, better heart beats, better mus-
cular and nerve action, better sight, better
hearing and better digestion.
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On the other hand, dead words, such as: "Oh,
I am so sick, so miserable, so poor, so unfortu-
nate and so hopeless," all have a depressing
effect and lower the tone of the whole system,
producing in every detail the very opposite of
the live words.
Not once alone in the history of the world
was the Word made flesh, but every day and
every hour and every moment is it occurring.
The Word is always being made flesh and
happy he who chooses the living Word.
If I tell you that you are well when you
think you are as sick as you can possibly be and
live, it will seem to you like a baseless and un-
reasonable assertion, but it is not, and why?
Well, it is not baseless or unreasonable from
the fact that I am not talking about that physi-
cal mood which constitutes your present state.
If I see you in a rage at a certain moment and
yet know you to be naturally a person of equa-
ble and sweet temper, shall I pronounce you a
savage brute ? Shall I take this ephemeral state
to be you ? You know I would not.
Very well, your sickness is just as much a
passing mood of the body, and I take my firm
stand on what I know to be true of the real
you. I speak from that standpoint, and thus
my statement is true.
You know there is a real you, which is back
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of all moods, all experience and all change.
You feel it to be so.
I know that much, and I know something
more, something of great importance to you,
something that will serve to lift your head
above many a trial, many a sickness, many a
It is this: The real you is a Great Self, as
glorious as an angel, as radiant as the sun.
Some have called it The Shining One, and I
think that a very beautiful name.
But why does anything so perfect find diffi-
culty in expression, and if it is so great and glo-
rious, why does it manifest all these scars and
blemishes, these def onnities, diseases and sor-
For the same reason that a shadow encom-
passes the earth when clouds get between it and
the sun. The sun shines just the same, though
the earth knows it not.
There is a state in consciousness which cor-
responds to the earth in shadow. In that state
we do not see The Shining One. It does not
penetrate the clouds. It can not manifest where
the atmosphere is not a good medium, but it still
shines on, pure, serene and perfect.
It is hard to prove in so many words that
which the soul knows to be true, but there is no
truth of which I am more fully convinced than
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that of the Perfect Indwelling Self as a radiant
centre of life. I am also convinced that this
Perfect Self, acting on the conscious mind and
through it on the subconscious, will dissipate
the clouds of disease, of trouble, of poverty and
all that offends, leaving only that which is beau-
tiful and sweet and good as the bodily expres-
sion of The Shining One.
I said in the preceding lesson that I must ask
the student to take some statements merely on
the strength of my assertion, not that I would
be dogmatic, but because I know so much time
is wasted on metaphysical argument which
might be at once utilized for practical ends. I
cite again the case of a man who would be an
engineer, and say that he must in the beginning
accept and act upon the instruction of an engi-
neer of some experience.
All I ask is that you who read these lessons
shall try the effect upon the subconscious mind
of vigorous, positive, living words. Even
though you are in the midst of poverty, sick-
ness and sorrow, affirm the opposite. Say with
all the earnestness you can muster, I am rich,
I am well, I am happy. Say it again and again,
though all things conspire to give the lie to
your words. If you do this faithfully, just as
sure as you live, the words you thus utter will
fall into the subconscious mind and become
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there a power to work for good in all your
If you throw bicarbonate of soda into an
acid you correct that acid. By a law as certain
and unvarying you can sweeten by affirmation
the sourest states of mind, body or environ-
I have proved this over and over and over
again in my own life, and in that of others,
and, knowing what it has done for me and for
them, I ask you also to see what it will do for
you. It will cost nothing but a persistent ef-
fort on your part and that effort is good for
you. You have therefore nothing to lose in
the attempt. You risk nothing and you have
60 much, so very much to gain.
In my last lesson I said something of the
subconscious mind and its processes. In this
lesson I wish to say more about it, for it is a
most important factor in the production or
cure of disease. To most people the term "sub-
conscious mind" conveys but scant meaning,
and even psychologists know very little about
it, but we know, or at least a little reflection
will lead us to the conclusion, that there are
mental activities which seem to be carried on
without direct volition, or any consciousness
that they are occurring.
When you were a little child, just learning
to walk, you had to balance yourself very care-
fully on one foot while you lifted the other
and took a step forward. Sometimes you did
not succeed in maintaining your balance, but
after many trials it became easier and soon you
were able to walk, but even then you could not
run, or play leap frog. Those were later ac-
complishments. The first effort in walking led
up to these later efforts. In the meantime the
first effort had become a habit, a something
which could be done without constant care and
Now you can walk and think about something
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else all the time. If every day you go to busi-
ness by the same route, after a while you will
not need to think about your course, for you
will turn corners unconsciously, and finally
bring up at your office, hardly knowing how
you got there. Possibly you may have been
deep in thought all the while. Your walking,
as mere muscular activity, was subconscious,
and that which sent your steps in one direction
was also subconscious.
Life is made up of these subconscious activi-
ties. They start in the conscious mind and
pass thence to the subconscious. Prof. James,
of Harvard, in his Psychology, says something
to the effect that art would be impossible were
it not for these subconscious processes. And
you can see for yourself that this is so, for if
the mind had always to busy itself with every
detail in art which at first it apprehends with
care and precision, there would never be free,
bold strokes, or graceful outlines. All would
be cramped and labored, like the writing of a
child. The free sweep comes from the earlier
And what is true of the subconscious in the
study of art is true of it in all study, even in
the study of bettering our physical and mental
This brings me to what I have to say. I
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want to show you as simply as I can how it is
that thoughts of health produce health and
thoughts of success produce success. I mean
holding in mind a thought in the form of an
For instance, in our Success Centre, which
is- composed of those among my friends
who believe with me that man has his centre
in Divinity, and continually radiates from that
centre, we express our belief in this formula:
"I am open on my inner side to the inex-
haustible ocean of Divine Love and Power. I
flow forth from it and am one with it. All suc-
cess is mine through the working of this Power.
I shall succeed in all my undertakings/'
Now, what is the advantage in holding this in
thought day after day and month after month?
What, I ask, is the advantage ? And what does
it mean? Is it a sort of hocus-pocus, magic
or witchcraft ?
I will tell you what it is — A simple, healthy,
hearty and perfectly natural observance of a
law of mind, the law which I have just been
trying to explain, the law by which a thought
held persistently in the conscious mind ulti-
mately descends into the subconscious area and
sets up an activity there.
In my early study of the piano I was an im-
patient pupil. I could not understand why I
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was kept on scale and arpeggio when I thought
I could learn to execute them just as well by
taking them as they occurred in a piece of
music. My teacher knew better, and he said —
You must make these things a habit so that
you execute them unconsciously, for after a
time, when you have other things to consider,
you can not, at the same time, give your
thought to technique in detail. Later I saw
the necessity for this, but I could not under-
stand at the time.
If you wish to be healthy and carry about
with you the magnetic aura of sweetness, good-
ness and power — in other words, if you wish to
be a "radiant success" shining with the joy of
accomplishment — you must hold in mind the
thoughts that make such attainment possible.
A fleeting thought will have but little effect in
converting you into the ideal that you would be,
but a thought held, and held, and held, in time
becomes a part of the living you. If the thought
is true and noble the subconscious mind moves
to the measure of truth and nobility. If the
thought is crafty and mean, the subconscious
mind moves to that measure. As it moves it
keeps registering its processes in the glance of
your eye, the turn of your head, the movement
of your hand, the tone of your voice, and in
many another form of your expression.
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At the same time the subconscious mind is
creating your physical conditions to the meas-
ure of your thought. It does this so silently,
so secretly that you have no idea of what it is
doing. You will understand better how this
can be when you realize that you can pursue a
long train of thought and be so absorbed in it
that you will not be conscious of yourself as
thinking. That consciousness will dawn upon
you when you "come to yourself/' when you
get to the end of the train of thought. You
were working all the time, and that work was
in the mind, still the mind was not conscious of
its own work going on within.
It is in something such a way that the sub-
conscious mind pursues its activities without
our cognizance. It is also far-reaching and ex-
tends beyond the bounds we have set for it in
our ignorance. It reaches out and works for
our good or ill, according to the nature of the
thought which we have set in operation.
And now let us see how it is that the formula
used in our "Success Centre" can be of use in
bringing about more satisfactory states of mind,
body and surroundings.
In the first place we say: "I am open on my
inner side to the inexhaustible ocean of Divine
Love and Power. I am one with it, and flow
forth from it." This affirms that limitations are
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swept away, that man is no longer to be con-
sidered as a little, separate something, made
just so big and no bigger, created once upon a
time and not to be re-created. It means instead
that man is a flowing life, always flowing forth
from the great Eternal. It means that he can
be re-created every day, every moment. It
means that as the ocean of Divine Power is
inexhaustible, man's life or power is the same.
This affirmation takes the mind out of the old
sense of limitation into a new sense of free-
dom. It makes one breathe more freely and
realize his own boundless possibilities.
To affirm it once or twice will not change
mental habits fully, but to affirm it day after
day and month after month makes the mind all
over new. The subconscious mind then takes
hold of the new habit of thought and weaves it
into every tissue. Change and improvement is
wrought everywhere throughout the body. Not
only that, but the subconscious mind, which
works, as I have said, in broad areas of which
the conscious mind knows nothing, begins to
reach out and open doors and make opportuni-
ties so that the unfolding self may have room
for expression. When the sense of limitation
is gone the germ of power within the human
soul is ready to push out and make itself known
and felt in the world of externals. The con-
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scious mind plants the seed (of affirmation) in
the soil of the subconscious, and there it de-
velops. The seed is the thought of freedom,
of constantly renewing life, and the seed brings
forth that which is like itself.
Then the formula goes on to affirm: "All
success is mine through the working of this
Power. I shall succeed in all my undertak-
This hardly needs an explanation, for it fol-
lows that if man is constantly flowing forth in
a stream of life and power he must have suc-
cess in whatever he undertakes. As I have often
said — to be here at all, just to live, means suc-
cess. So far as it goes, even though it may not
be very far, it is achievement. It may be a
negative sort of success just as 20 degrees
Fahrenheit is not 60, and yet the 20 is not Zero.
There are some strange laws of mind which
we are just beginning to know something
about. One of these laws is — We can be what
we wish to be — and another — We become what
we wish to be by affirming that we are it al-
That last statement seems to contradict it-
self, does it not ? How can one wish to be that
which he is already, or how can one be already
that which he wishes to be ?
Self -contradictory on the face of it, but not
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so when you get at the real meaning. The
"what you are" refers to your potential or un-
expressed self, while the "what you wish to be"
refers to the actual or expressed self.
You have it in you to be great in some walk
in life, in some special calling, something for
which you are peculiarly fitted, and you have it
all in you now, rolled up lite a bud waiting to
be unfolded. That is "what you are." The un-
folding of the bud into the flower is — "what
you wish to be." Is not that clear enough ?
So you can affirm in perfect truth that you
are what you wish to be, and this affirmation
acts just as the sun does on the seed buried in
the earth. The sun calls it to come forth, and
it comes, not as the brown seed does it come,
but as a new creature.
You can go on building and rebuilding your-
self into new and varied life, by the power of
affirmation, to the highest measure of your
ideals. Then take heart, for the remedy for
all your ills lies within you, and in you, because
you are in God.
There is a vast storehouse from which we
draw our thoughts. It is as vast as humanity
itself and open to every one of us. This store-
house was called by Emerson the Over Soul, and
perhaps no better term could be applied to it,
but for purposes of distinction I shall call it the
Super-Conscious Mind. I call it this because I
wish to show you what I understand to be the
difference between the Super-Conscious and the
That is a somewhat difficult undertaking, es-
pecially as no one knows what the Super-Con-
scious Mind is. But, for that matter, we are
almost as much in the dark concerning the Con-
scious and Sub-Conscious Mind, although by
observation and experience we do know some-
thing of their modes of action.
But we do not even know that the Super-Con-
scious Mind has action. Some occultists say that
it has not, for it is the world of the potential
or the unexpressed in contradistinction to that
which is actual (act-ual) or expressed.
I shall not, however, sidetrack into any field
of speculation, because I have found that a
matter of this sort may be argued forever with-
out getting at any practical result.
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What we want to get at is this — Is there a
Super-Conscious Mind? If so — How are we
related to it ? If it is a storehouse and we can
draw from it — What can we draw, and how ?
A thought comes into your mind. Where
does it come from? Some other mind? Yes,
possibly. But where did it come from in the
beginning? A coin may pass from hand to
hand in the course of its circulation, but origi-
nally it came from the mint. Still further back
it came from a mine, and at one stage it may
have been in the form of an ether; but at any
rate, here it is in circulation. I hold a coin in
my hand. It has come to me from another
hand, and yet that other hand did not make
it. It simply passed it along. Our thoughts
pass from one to another in similar manner, but
that does not account for their source. Where
do they come from in the beginning ?
Why, they come from the Super-Conscious
Mind. What they are like before they are born
into the Conscious Mind we know not, and it
matters not. It only matters that we get these
thoughts and that they prove to be the right
sort of thoughts to work out our health and
We want something which shall feed the ma-
chinery of life and make it speed on merrily,
singing as it goes, instead of creaking, groaning,
and finally stopping entirely.
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We have reached a place in intelligence
where we know quite well what we want from
the storehouse, but we doubt. if we can get it.
The doubt paralyzes our effort and we do not
try to get what we want. We know that
thought pours in upon the mind in a steady
stream, but it seems to come in "hit or miss"
fashion. There does not seem to be any law
Ah, there is just the mistake we have made,
for there is a law about it. Every thought that
comes to us is drawn as unerringly as one chem-
ical atom is drawn to another.
A thought is drawn to the mind by the pres-
ence of something in that mind to which it is
related and which attracts it. We will not go
away back to a possible beginning and ask how
the first something came there to attract the
second something, for that would be getting too
metaphysical. That would be asking why you
are you and not somebody else, and, as Sothern
would say — That is one of the things no fellow
can find out.
No, we will just start where we find our-
selves, with the mind just as it is, and see what
it does with the Super-Conscious storehouse
and its contents.
It draws on this storehouse and it draws that
which is attracted to it by law.
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If the thought is on art then it draws that
which relates to art. If it is on music then that
which relates to music, and so on. Whatever
one undertakes to do and lets his thought dwell
upon, to that is he continually drawing fresh
stores from the Super-Conscious Mind.
The old idea was that each person had a
certain amount of talent or genius, and that
beyond that limit he could not go.
The new idea, and a blessed idea it is, too, is
that there is no such grudging stint given out,
while the balance is forever held away from
him who desires it. No, the limit is swept away
and man is coming to know that he stands at
the open door of an Infinite Supply.
When I hear anyone saying — The desire of
my life ia to become an artist, but I am too old
now to begin — I think of my mother, who be-
gan the study when she was about fifty, and
became a very fine artist at the age of sixty.
If you desire intensely to do anything in the
way of achievement, know that you can do it,
no matter what your age or your drawbacks.
If the desire of your heart is to heal the sick,
it shows that somewhere hidden in you is the
power to do it. Just open your mind to the
Super-Conscious and let that flow in which is
allied to you and which will unfold your power.
We are at all times open to the Super-Con-
scious, but we can increase our receptivity by
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an act of the will, by desiring to be receptive.
We can also by an act of the will exclude
from the mind all that is extraneous or foreign
to our purpose just as one would weed a flower-
bed of all but that which he wished to cultivate.
The healing thought comes down from the
Super-Conscious, hence the power of those
"Lo, the healing power descending from with-
in, calming the enf evered brain and bpreading
peace among the grieving nerves."
If you are suffering intense pain either of
mind or body, repeat these lines and desire in-
tensely that the healing power shall descend.
Then wait and fully expect that it will. When
it comes it will seem like a fine shower falling
gently upon your fevered brain, while little
rivulets of heavenly peace course their way
along the troubled nerves and quiet their
I know this to be so from actual and repeat-
ed experience. My readers have only to prove
it for themselves.
The Super-Conscious is, I believe, the realm
of the Divine. How then does it happen that
thoughts of worry, of hatred, of dishonesty
come to us from that source ?
They do not. When a bright, new coin
comes from the mint it is quite different from
When people ask me how mental healing is
done, I find it as difficult to answer as though
they had asked me how to execute Beethoven's
SonataPathetique. Both involve so much. Both
are built up out of details laid in orderly se-
quence, one upon another, and in an attempt to
see what the building means, and how it is ac-
complished, one must trace the details.
In mental healing these details are mental
states which follow one upon another until that
state is reached from which the healing vibra-
tion can go forth. I am going now to outline
some of those states, drawing on my own con-
sciousness for the purpose, and observe, I am
going to tell you how I do healing and not how
some one else does it. I do not intend to stand
sponsor for the profession as a whole nor for
any branch of it, but simply for myself.
There is a knowledge that precedes experi-
ence which we call intuitional or transcenden-
tal, and there is the same knowledge after it has
been verified and made practical by personal ex-
perience. It is the latter which I wish to give
you in these lessons, and in order to give you
my own experience from the beginning I am
going back to the time when I first heard of
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It was in Chicago, at the time when the Eddy
movement was first making itself known there.
Many of my friends were interested, but I felt
utterly indifferent, althoughl was in a wretched
state, both mentally and physically. One day a
Christian Scientist took luncheon at the place
where I was boarding, and I sat in silent scorn
during the entire meal while she made the best
of her opportunity in trying to convert every
one at table. I think she succeeded with
some, but she only aroused in me a thorough
antagonism. Once or twice I caught her eye,
if one can be said to catch an eye that has not
a ray of human interest in its cold and staring
surface. It was an eye that had no depths, and
I was afterwards told that such was the effect
when one withdrew entirely from the illusion
of "Mortal Mind" and became one with "Divine
Mind." This is not intended as a reflection upon
Christian Science, but to show that some of its
disciples are mistaken in their application of its
But, as I said, I caught her eye, only to let
it go again on the instant. I did not want % to
hold it, for it made me shudder, and I thought
I would rather die than to be called back to
health by anything stored behind that eye.
I also looked critically at her snow white
hair and her wrinkles, not knowing enough of
the principles of Christian Science to under-
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stand that she was in the pin feather stage of
the Divine Manifestation. Somehow her words
and her appearance were in such violent con-
tradiction that I really felt the poor creature
to be slightly crazed, but the incident made an
impression upon me and had its use in my ex-
perience several years afterward when I be-
came interested in the study of mental healing.
I then remembered the uncanny influence of
those eyes and determined never to get so far
away from the human as to be devoid of sym-
pathy. Naturally this drew me to the other
extreme, and I gave out so much that I be-
came depleted. My patients grew fat and rosy
while I grew thin and pale. Then I saw my
mistake, and little by little I learned how to let
my heart go out in love and sympathy to the
suffering, while at the same time my intellect
saw clearly the illusory nature of that suffer-
ing, and that it had no place in true being.
But to go back to the Chicago incident, it
was certainly one of the details necessary to the
building of a state of consciousness in which it
was possible to do mental healing. At the time
it meant nothing to me but an unpleasant epi-
sode. Now, as I look back, it means much more.
It was really my first lesson in mental healing
and I did not know it.
Time went on and my health grew worse and
worse until every resource having been ex-
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hausted I was persuaded to take a course of
mental treatment, and slowly, very slowly, I
found my way back to health and strength.
Then my interest was thoroughly aroused and
I determined to make a thorough study of the
subject Observation soon taught me that heal-
ing was not confined to one school or one
method, hence I inferred there must be some
general principle underlying all and common to
all. What was it? How should I find it? I
studied on and on, ever hopeful and confident
of the result, but often confused by the chaotic
jumble of statements made by different
I went into Theosophy, not because of its
therapeutic value, but because of its exposition
of occult laws. Then I took up Hypnotism,
Mental Suggestion, Faith Cure, Christian Heal-
ing, Divine Science, Christian Science, Mental
Science, and, in fact, everything that had a
possible bearing upon my one, all absorbing
theme. So great was my enthusiasm that the
days seemed too short for my purpose, and I
pressed the long hours of the night into my
service, and, strange to say, I found the wake-
ful hours of night more restful than those of
Finally there came a night which I shall
never forget as it held for me a new and won-
derful experience. While perfectly wide
awake and thinking out a problem, I suddenly
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found myself standing in the middle of the
room in what seemed a substantial body, while
my physical form lay stretched upon the bed.
My arms hung by my side and when I lifted
and folded them I felt the actual resistance of
my body and the pressure of my arms against
it, so that I thought — What sort of a self is
this ? Can it be a spiritual body ? It certainly
is not like what I have supposed spirit to be.
Just then a three-tongued flame of a deep and
beautiful red of peculiar color, such as I had
never seen before, appeared close to my left
temple. I then heard myself saying, not volun-
tarily, but as though something spoke through
me— THIS IS THE HEALING POWER. As
I uttered these words the flame came nearer
and touched me on the temple. Instantly great
throbs of something that seemed like electric
fire coursed through me from head to foot. It
was like a wave of life, of wondrous life such as
I had never known, and I thought — This is
Life itself — I have touched Life. I have been
dead before and for the first time I know how
Then suddenly I was back again in my physi-
cal body on the bed, but the same wave was
passing through me. For hours I lay awake
thinking over the strange experience, and dur-
ing those hours all fear of death left me for-
ever. Indeed, I seemed to have passed through
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what is called death, and to have come forth
in my spiritual body, finding it more real than
This was not a dream nor a vision. It was
an actual, living experience, and I was as wholly
awake as I am at this moment while writing
Moreover, it was an experience which pro-
duced a change in my consciousness, so that I
have never been the same since. It also changed
my physical conditions. I felt like a new
creature in both mind and body.
I have since discovered that these changes in
consciousness take place at intervals all along
the path of development and that it is as im-
possible, while in an earlier state to understand
a later, as it would be for one of the primitive
forms of life to understand or enter into the
mind of a human being. The difference is not
so great possibly, but it is very great, indeed,
and each advance makes one feel as though sud-
denly lifted into a new order of being.
The strangest thing about it all is that one
may go on blindly and mistakenly, following a
road which seems to lead nowhere in particu-
lar, and yet, all the while be nearing the place
of a higher unfoldment. If only the purpose
be earnest and sincere, he who seeks will find.
It is these states of consciousness which
come later which are difficult to explain to the
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beginner. There are states so high in their vi-
bration that no word of healing need be spoken.
Jesus was in this state at times, when the heal-
ing power emanated from even the hem of his
garment. At other times he found it neces-
sary to speak the word. When he was in the
higher state he was in the Christ consciousness,
and that state is not too high for any of us to
attain, if we may believe his words: "The
works that I do ye shall do also."
Do not think that because your mental sky is
gray and leaden to-day, and because you may
have been in this state for years, that it must
continue always. Believe me when I say that
you can enter new worlds one after another
within your own mind, and find each one fairer
and brighter than the one preceding.
In my last lesson I spoke of the healing
power as descending like a cooling shower and
in this I speak of it as a fire. This looks like
a discrepancy, but it is not. I use the word fire,
not to indicate heat as we understand it in a
material sense, but as it conveys the idea of
vitality, of life. Electric fire seems to mean
something quite different from fire in the usual
sense. An electric fire, for instance, might be
intensely vitalizing, and yet fall like a cooling
We are obliged to take literally from the ma-
terial world the terms we apply to spiritual
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things, but the mind which is awakening to the
inner life will always* transcend the symbolic
term and know the thing itself in its true
As you enter one new world after another
in your consciousness you will look back upon
this present state from which you will then
have emerged, and wonder how you could ever
have been held within its confines. Somewhere
I have seen a pretty picture of a fluffy little
chick looking down upon its broken shell and
saying: "Did I ever come out of that?" The
mental state which you are in now, will some
day be to you the broken shell and you will
look down incredulously upon it, saying: "Did
I ever come out of that ?"
When I began the study of mental healing,
I imagined it was something to be acquired
after the manner of arithmetic, geography,
chemistry or any other of the studies which we
pursue in the ordinary course of education. I
expected to get hold of rules such as one finds
in grammar or mathematics. I procured course
after course of instruction in order to discover
these rules or some exact method by which
healing was to be accomplished. Of course I
was disappointed. The secret might be an open
one, but nowhere did it seem revealed to my
waiting eyes. Each writer in his or her fash-
ion seemed bent on revolutionizing my ideas in-
stead of giving me anything practical. This
made me impatient, for I wanted to get hold
of something as definite as a mathematical
statement, which I could work out and prove
as I would a sum.
I expect you are all seeking the same thing,
friends, and I want to tell you right now that
you will not find it. No one can tell you how
to do mental healing by rule, as you would
make a cake or put up a doctor's prescription,
for it is something which can not be done in
purely mechanical fashion. In this sense it is
more of an art than a science. To be sure,
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science is the basis of art and without it art
would be impossible; still science is merely
mechanical and coldly exact, while art is
spiritual, creative and free. Bound only
by laws of its own, it juts out over science
in boldest abandon. Apparently without sup-
port, it has an inner force which counteracts
gravitation and holds it well poised between
earth and heaven without the danger of a
You may teach a student the mixing of pig-
ments, the laws of perspective and the handling
of the brush, but all this will not make him an
artist, for, unless he has within him the spir-
itual and creative force, he will, with all your
teaching, produce nothing but mechanical
It is on this principle that all the best teach-
ers of the art of mental healing attempt to
wake within you the spirit of the thing instead
of giving you mechanical rules. They may seem
to be accomplishing nothing, but they are doing
the one thing needful.
If, for instance, you have ideas that are un-
true concerning yourself and your relation to
the world about you, those ideas must be
changed. This unsettles you and you feel all
torn up for a time. Your mental soil has been
ploughed up for the planting of a new seed,
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and although the agitation may not be agree-
able, it is certainly necessary.
The ploughing and the planting are the me-
chanical part, and that is where the science
comes in, but a little later art springs up and
creates as it will. If it does not, your seeds are
dead, for until there is new life there is no
proof that your ploughing or your planting
have been well done.
Psychologists tell us that ideas organize
themselves within the mind with a dominant
idea as a ruler. This produces a certain state
of consciousness. But, as in external govern-
ment, every now and then a ruler is deposed,
so it is with the government in the idea world
within. The dominant idea gets deposed and
a new dominant takes its place. This, as you
can imagine, creates confusion and disorder for
a time, but ultimately ends in a new order.
This new order is a change in consciousness
and with every such change there comes a new
vibratory action. There is always an unseen
current going out from each one of us and it
is the sum of what we are. It changes as we
change, and is as real as any part of us though
it is invisible and intangible to all but the most
sensitive persons who come in touch with it.
This vibratory current is called the human
aura, as many of you doubtless know. Some
time ago, when Mrs. Annie Besant was in this
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country, she exhibited photographs showing
how this aura appeared in different mental
states. In health, lines were seen going
straight out from the body. In disease, these
lines drooped and were entangled in a state of
confusion and disorder. In anger, they looked
like forked lightning and were of a lurid color.
In peace and love, they were gently undulating
and of a soft and beautiful rose color.
These photographs did not actually prove
to my mind the existence of the aura, but it
seemed reasonable to suppose that there might
be something of the kind. Some time after-
ward there came to me something in the way of
proof. It came when I was looking into
Spiritualism and it came in this way. I had
heard of an excellent medium in Xew York
City, and went with two friends to one of his
seances. We were entirely unknown to the
medium, and it was the first seance we had ever
attended. Including ourselves there were just
seventeen persons present and we sat in a
semi-circle or a sort of horseshoe, the medium
sitting at the open end. In giving his tests the*
medium designated each person by a number.
He gave test after test, but none to our party,
and I was beginning to think that the whole
thing was prearranged by the medium and a
number of confederates, in order to gather in
the credulous, when, to my great surprise, my
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number was called by the medium who sat with
his eyes tightly closed in a strong light through-
out the entire seance. My number was called
and I responded: "Is it I?" The medium an-
swered: "Yes, I mean you. You help people
through the mind. I see straight lines going
out from you full of power. You carry about
with you health, strength and joy, and they go
out from you in any direction where you turn
your thought. These straight lines remind me
of the rays of the sun, they are so bright and
full of life. You help people so much that
everyone is glad when you come and sorry when
you go. And you do not need to say a word,
for your presence is enough in itself. Those
rays go out and touch people with new life,
even when you are silent."
This, coming from a;n entire stranger, who
could not possibly know anything of my work
in mental therapeutics, seemed to me a strong
proof that our mental states do produce an
aura which is felt by others even when it is not
seen as it was by this medium.
Later, I had another proof, for these strong
lines proceeding from my early enthusiasm
were destined to lose their force and fall in
chaos about me, and in the darkness of my de-
spair I thought they had fallen forever. It was
when my husband died after a violent illness of
three days. Apparently in vigorous health, he
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was suddenly prostrated like a strong tree in
the path of a cyclone, and I, too, was swept
from my feet by the same force, so that I could
do nothing. This was a hard experience, for
besides the loss of my husband my hold on
mental healing seemed to have gone forever. I
still believed in it, but I said — It is for others
and not for me. I can never take it up again.
Life was blank, and I had but one thought, one
wish, and that was to get some word from be-
hind the veil where my loved one was hidden.
On this thought intent I went again to the me-
dium in New York and had a private interview.
His first words were: "O, heavy, heavy, heavy!
If I could give you wings so that you could fly
away from it all what a gift it would be, would
it not ?" He said nothing of straight lines, or
rays from the sun going out from me, then.
All was dark, heavy, discordant and depressing.
This showed how my aura had changed, but it
was not to remain so.
Shortly after the death of my husband a
friend came in and asked me to treat her baby
which had been poisoned by milk that had stood
too long in the sterilizer. The child was vomit-
ing a green slime, and in a very dangerous con-
dition. I remember how I looked up at her
with heavy lidded eyes and said: "0, how can
you ask me? Surely I can not help your
baby when I have lost the one in all the world
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whom I would have saved if I could. No, I
can never heal anyone again for I have lost
But my friend persisted. She reminded me
of what I had done for the child on previous
occasions, and ended by saying: "If you will
only make the effort, perhaps the power will
return to you," and looking at me imploringly,
with great tears in her eyes, she said: "O, do
It ended by my putting on my hat and going
with her, but very reluctantly. When I took
the child in my arms I felt an utter deadness,
not even pity for the poor little suffering thing,
and that was strange, for my sympathies had
always been quick and tender and by far the
larger part of me. But way down under all
this deadness there was a small, faint effort to
help the child. This grew and grew within me
until all of a sudden I felt a great rush of life
and in that instant the healing power returned.
In a few moments I placed the child back in
its bed sound asleep and entirely healed.
The a\ira which I had lost and regained was
as real a thing in the first instance as in the
last and was not the outflow of mere enthusi-
asm. It really had its rise in what I had thought
and experienced, but that thought and experi-
ence had not then been deep enough to make
the aura permanent and abiding. I had not
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then reached the place in consciousness where
I could remain calm and self -centered when dis-
ease walked into my very house and attacked
one whom I held most dear. As it was said of
the Great Physician: He saved others, himself
he can not save, so it may be said of those who
heal at the present day. We, too, often save
others, when ourselves, and those who are
bound to us in the close ties of affection we can
But we must do it and we will do it. I have
since proved that, for I have grown in
power and demonstrated that power in healing
my sister, several years ago, when the physicians
could not help her.
But to treat successfully those who are closely
allied to us we must become individualized. We
must free ourselves and let our loved ones go
free also. We must remove the yokes they have
placed on us, and also the yokes we have placed
on them. About the hardest lesson we have to
learn is to let those we love live their own
lives as they will and not as we will. We desire
their happiness, but we desire it in our way,
which is not always their way. Parents must,
of course, exercise a certain surveillance over
their children up to a certain period, but be-
yond that it should not be extended. You can
not always protect your child by the shield of
your experience, for he needs an experience
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of his own. Let him go free, even though
it be to wander forth as the prodigal son
to feed on husks, for he will return some day
to the good things of the father's house.
And all this loving espionage is born of a
wrong belief, a belief that there is nothing be-
yond the personal mind that can take care of us
and fill out our endeavor. But what is there
that can do this ? Why, a Something which we
may as well call The Supreme Intelligence.
Do you not see how it worked when my friend
came to me and asked me to treat her child?
Do you not see how she was moved to come to
me and by that coming drew me out of my
heart-sickness, disappointment and depression,
into a life of usefulness, where my ideals were
to be fulfilled?
Now, do not mistake me. I do not mean that
this Supreme Intelligence is a thing apart and
outside of us, but a something with which we
are one. If it were not one with us, how could
it be within us and act through us as it does ?
And I do not like the expression that I so
frequently hear — Man is a part of the Supreme
Intelligence. A part of anything signifies, to
me, a lack of wholeness, weakness, incomplete-
ness, separation from the whole.
My spirit demands that — I shall be the whole
thing. It also demands that — You shall be the
whole thing. Whenever I accept anything less
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than this for you or for me, we both seem to
shrink into pigmies. We grow so small and
weak and helpless that I have no hope of our
ever being or doing anything worth speak-
But it is such a puzzle, is it not ? ITow is it
that I can be I and you can be you, and yet
each one of us be all there is ?
Well, you see, I am only I as I reveal my-
self in some way to the senses, and you are only
you as you reveal yourself to the senses. What
we are, back of the revealing, is quite another
thing and it is just there and nowhere else that
we are one. That is, behind the curtain, all is
one, for it has not been separated yet, as it must
be in order to express itself.
Suppose a great body of water were pent up
somewhere without an outlet. Then it is all
one. But give it an outlet here and there and
each stream as it flows forth becomes separated
from the whole, while at the same time flowing
forth from that whole. If each stream could
think, it would probably think of itself in two
ways, one as being a separate stream, and the
other as a stream coming from a source. If it
were a stream with a merely perceptive ten-
dency, it would only see the stream and not the
source, but if it were a stream with a reflective
tendency, it would cast its eye back over the
current and see where it started from its
source, and perhaps even look back of that and
see the source itself.
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We humans have both the perceptive and
the reflective tendency and by the development
of the latter we look further and further back
into the very heart of being and it is there we
see it all to be one. It is there that I am all
and you are all.
Now, this ALL or The Supreme Intelligence
projects itself into the world, into the material
world. In fact, it becomes the material world
and is in process of becoming it every day
and every hour. It makes and unmakes its
world continually. Sometimes it seems not to
be doing it well, in times of catastrophe and sor-
row, but that is because we only see a part of
the whole. How can you judge of a beautiful
painting by seeing a torn fragment of the
same ? And yet, let a psychometrist place that
torn fragment on his forehead and instantly the
whole painting presents itself to his vision.
I think we have glimpses of the Great and
Beautiful Whole in some such psychic fashion,
else our faith would fail us in times of sore
trial. Why is it that when we see the part we
postulate the whole ? Why is it that when we
see imperfection we postulate perfection ? We,
who have never seen the whole; we, who have
never seen perfection. Is it not that the whole
which is in itself perfection lays its impress on
the mind, thus moving it to work out in the ex-
ternal the beauty and glory of the life within?
I believe it to be so.
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I am trying in this lesson to cover a great
deal of ground and hope I have mad.e it clear
that there is such a thing as an actual emana-
tion or aura, which corresponds to every state
of consciousness through which the individual
passes. To know this makes mental healing
seem more reasonable, because one can see how
it is that thought does its work.
I have also, I trust, made it plain that one
can not grasp mental healing mechanically or
in a coldly intellectual manner, although the
steps leading to the healing vibration may be
more or less methodical and, therefore, me-
I have also shown by incidents in my own
experience that failure should not discourage
one even though it come when one has reached
a height where success seems assured.
I have tried to give a word of encouragement
to those who are treating members of their
own families and are not succeeding as they
wish. To all such I would say again — Do not
be drawn into the swirl of another's life,
whether it be that of parent or child, husband
or wife. With the most loving heart you can
stand aloof, calm and serene, in the clear con-
sciousness of the All-Being. Unless you do
this you will surely fail.
And do not feel that you have to do all things
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by grinding out methods in your every day con-
sciousness. Leave something for the Supreme
Intelligence within you to work out. Be will-
ing that your loved ones shall pass out of your
sight and trust this same Intelligence to take
care of them. Don't follow them with your
anxious thought when they are away from
home and your loving care. That anxious
thought is a poison to them and to you.
I have felt for a long time that there is a
first step essential to the art of mental healing
and that is to get rid of the idea of weakness in
ourselves, and I certainly do not see how we are
going to do this so long as we place God out of
ourselves. For this reason I seldom use the
word "God," because it brings to my mind the
old and mistaken conception which I held for
so many years.
But with the new conception I am none the
less religious, none the less devotional, for now
God, the Supreme Love, God, the Supreme In-
telligence, is to me the transcendent, but ever
revealing Mystery, and this God I adore.
This is the God who is, indeed, a very pres-
ent help in time of trouble. This is the God
who heals our sickness and those who wait upon
this God shall renew their strength; they shall
mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run
and not be weary; they shall walk and not
I am now going to tell you of a very singu-
lar experience which I think will be of value,
because it seems to give substance to much that
has seemed intangible, for you know such
things as thought, emotion, spiritual influx and
inner experience have been to us very unreal
compared with such things as flesh and blood,
houses and lands, money and possessions. It
was because of this unreality concerning the
inner life and the undue value attached to pos-
sessions that the young man was so sorrowful
when commanded to sell all that he had and
follow Jesus. He seemed to be letting go his
hold on reality and getting nothing in its place.
He went away very sorrowful, for he had a
longing for something better than he could find
in his houses and lands and yet that something
was not sufficiently defined to make it an object
of pursuit. Being a young man of good sense,
that had served him well in the acquisition of
wealth, it would naturally seem to him unwise
to cut loose from all that seemed so real and
pursue a will-o'-the-wisp.
Doubtless if we could follow that young
man's history we would find that as the inner
vision opened the things of the Spirit became a
reality, and it is of this reality as distinctly felt
and known by myself that I would speak.
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When reading with deep interest a book
called "The Perfect Way," so great was the
impression made upon me that I felt my spirit
rising to a mighty endeavor. I was lifted out
of my surroundings and into an entirely new
thought atmosphere. The things of earth
looked coarse and clumsy, and I seemed to see
world within world of ever-increasing fineness
and beauty. As I read on and on I lost all con-
sciousness of self except in one particular, and
that was a boring, grinding pain in the palm of
each hand and through the arch of the instep
in each foot. This was so marked and so contin-
uous during the reading of the book, which I
finished at one sitting, that I mentioned it to
my sister. We both thought it strange but
could not account for it. Some time afterward
in reading a book by Dr. Franz Hartmann, I
found the statement that in extremely sensitive
persons it often happens that with the birth of
the spiritual life there are attendant signs. It
is on record that nuns when in deep realization
of the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross have had
a facsimile of the crown of thorns appear in
blood red marks upon the forehead and have,
felt the anguish of the nails piercing the hands
and feet. If I am not mistaken Dr. Hart-
mann spoke of these signs as indicating the
birth of the Christ Child in Consciousness.
Psychologists would easily account for this
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phenomenon on the score of hysteria or hyper-
sensitiveness, but to my mind that is not a good
explanation, for while the mental condition in
such an experience must be extremely sensitive,
that need not of necessity mean hallucination
or mental derangement. Indeed I know it does
Had I run across Dr. Hartmann's statement
before reading "The Perfect Way" I might
think the sensation of boring through the hands
and feet the effect of imagination, or the know-
ing that it had happened in other instances, but
I knew nothing of the kind. Medical students
often contract the diseases about which they are
studying, but this experience of mine was, so
far as I then knew, wholly unprecedented, un-
thought of, unheard of, coming upon me as a
surprise and as something for which I could not
It all seems simple enough to me now, for I
can easily see the birth of the Christ to be the
universal fact as well as the particular. I be-
lieve that there was a moment when the Christ
was born in Jesus. I also believe that there is
a moment when the Christ is born in each one
of us and that it is really and actually a birth
into a new life. When this birth occurs I think
we first realize what immortal life means, for
we then feel its vibrations which are quite dif-
ferent from those we have experienced in any
previous state of consciousness.
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The young man who went away 3orrowf ul
was seeking eternal life, but he could not find it
because the Christ Child within him was as yet
All things are good whether they are of the
inner or the outer world, but there are degrees
of goodness, and I think the inner or the inmost
good the best of all.
Let us learn more and more of this wonder-
ful inner life of which we know so little, for
the thinking, acting self which we do know
something about is but a small part of the
I, for instance, am doing much more than I
know. I reach people with my conscious mind,
but I am recently led to believe that I reach
many more with the unconscious mind, or that
part of myself which is not brought under the
eye of my mentality.
Not long ago I received an interesting letter
from a woman on the Pacific coast. She wrote
me that it had occurred to her that she might
in sleep come in touch with some one who would
help her, and so when she lay down at night
her last thought was an invocation to some un-
known person to give her strength. This went
on for about two weeks, and she was conscious
of being strengthened and helped in several
ways. One day she went into a book store
and the proprietor handed her a copy of The
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Radiant Centre. She seemed strangely at-
tracted to it and fairly devoured its contents,
then hurrying back to the book store she asked
— What else has that woman written ? Another
work was handed her, which she took home and
read with a strange feeling of familiarity. It
seemed as though she knew what every page
would contain before reading it. After she had
finished she sat gazing into the fire, when a voice
distinctly spoke to her, saying: Why not write
to Kate Boehme ? Write to her to-night. And
at the same time there flashed upon her a con-
viction that I was the one who had met her in
sleep and given her help.
Such is undoubtedly the case, for while the
mind focusses on details I am convinced that
THE WHOLE THING is acting in its own
way through its auric sphere.
Do you not see how this can be ? How THE
WHOLE THING speaks a FULL SEN-
TENCE while THE PART utters only a
PHRASE ? Suppose two people greet you with
a "Good Morning." The same words are used
by both, and yet how different the impression.
Do you know what makes the difference ? It is
what you receive in vibration from THE
WHOLE PERSON back of each "Good
What you do and what you say is charged
with what you are. You can say "Good Morn-
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ing" so that it means a very "Bad Morning,"
or yon can say it as the glorious sun does
when he rises over a dark world.
I honestly believe that it does not make a bit
of difference whether you are a Methodist, a
Presbyterian, a Romanist or a Mental Scientist
if only the Christ Child is born within, you can
heal whatever the tenets of your belief. The
Light will shine through you according to the
color of your temperament, and that color be-
longs to you as surely as the shade of your hair
Naturally I think the New Thought (which, by
the way, is a New Birth of a very Old Thought)
a short cut to the Light, and for that reason I
walk in it. If some one else finds his own short
cut I bid him God speed. It has been said that
all roads lead to Rome, and it may also be said
that all roads lead to the Centre if you follow
them long enough, but I am weary of the long
years in the wilderness and have found my way
out. Those who will may join me. Bless them !
Those who will not may go another way. Bless
them just the same !
Whatever brings you quickest into a state of
love toward all mankind is best for you, for
only in that state can healing be accomplished
in vourself and others.
Some years ago I heard of a man who had
chronic rheumatism. It was so severe that he
was almost helpless, not being able to walk a
step unaided or to get in and out of his clothes.
Every morning he was taken out of bed and
dressed by a member of the family, and every
night he was undressed and put to bed like a
child. One night after safely tucking him into
bed the entire family left the house to attend
Church, as was their custom. They had so left
him on previous occasions and nothing adverse
had happened, but on this night the house
caught fire. He called loudly for help, but no
one came to his relief. The smoke grew stifling
and the situation critical. Nearer and nearer
crept the flames, denser and denser grew the
smoke, until in an agony of fear our invalid
sprang from his bed, got into his clothes, drag-
ged a sheet from the bed, pulled out bureau
drawers, threw everything of value into the-
sheet, slung it over his shoulder and made for
the street. Where was his rheumatism ? Gone-
completely. And what is more it never re-
turned. This story is vouched for by reliable
The man really had the rheumatism. He was
not making believe. He was perfectly honest
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and sane. How was it then that his malady van-
ished like a dream or a figment of the brain ?
Well, I will tell you. The thought of FIKE
and its accompanying DANGEK filled the
man's consciousness FULL. There was not a
niche or cranny anywhere in it where the
thought of KHEUMATISM could lurk. It was
driven out. SOAKED OUT.
Then disease must be in the MIND, though
it may AFFECT the BODY.
Still to SCARE a disease out is a good deal
like some of the old methods of healing in
which one disease was made to take the place of
Why not instead fill the consciousness full of
something better than FE AE of ANYTHING.
Why you can fill your mind so full of
HEALTH that disease (you notice I spell it in
small type) will not have a shadow of a chance.
In Hypnotism there is an experiment which
helps to prove that disease is in the mind. It
is as follows: An Operator takes two subjects,
one with a cough, the other without, and throws
both into a state of hypnosis. He then trans-
fers the cough from one to the other and wakes
both from sleep, when the subject who had
the cough is free from it while the other coughs
The Operator accomplishes this by telling
the subject with the cough that he is without
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it, and telling the other subject that he has it.
Each subject being negative to the Operator's
mind, receives the mental statement given him
and an immediate effect is produced in the
body. "As a man thinketh, so is he," from cen-
tre to circumference.
This is the Law and why not work with it?
I am sure you wish to but possibly you do not
know how. That is usually the trouble.
For instance — You have an awful headache
and you say: "Now is my time to put in prac-
tice some of my knowledge of Mental Heal-
ing." Your head aches so that you can hardly
think at all, but making a great effort you say:
"I have no headache," and then in parenthesis
(What a horrible lie for my head is just split-
ting). But recovering your hold you add : "I can
not have any headache, for my spiritual self is
my true self, and that is perfect. It cannot have
aches and pains. This headache is only an il-
lusion of the senses and I will rise out of il-
lusions into Reality. My headache is gone and
I am well."
But it hasn't gone. It is worse than ever. The
more you declare it gone, the more it stays
with you. You are in the condition of a certain
student who was in pursuit of the occult. His
teacher had told him to repeat a given formula,
but to be very careful not to think the word
"Rhinoceros." The consequence was that he
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thought little else but "Khinoceros." Finally
in despair he said to his teacher — Why did you
tell me not to think "Khinoceros" ? It would
never have occurred to me if you had not put
it into my mind, while now I can think of noth-
So you virtually think "Khinoceros" when
you think of that headache at all, even to deny
it. Do not say or think headache at all, but
get away from it in thought, something as the
man got away from his rheumatism, only don't
be scared out, if you can help it, lest your last
state be worse than your first.
Right in the midst of your pain if your
house should take fire or startling news be
brought to you, the headache would vanish I
am quite sure, but in that event you are very
much like a piece of timber that is floating down
the river and carried here and there by the tide,
sometimes tangled with a lot of other drift-
wood, and sometimes skimming along smoothly,
but all the time inert and acted upon by one
thing or another, instead of being a strong
swimmer, battling with the tide and going
where you will.
Don't be driftwood for it is in you to be the
But to go back to a consideration of how to
get rid of your headache (and let the headache
stand for any other ailment), it is quite possible
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that you will have to make a great many trials
before you will be able to throw off the malady
quickly and easily. In the matter of healing,
as in everything else, practice makes perfect,
and the best time to practice is when you are
not sick. That sounds queer, does it not ? But
what I mean is that you should build your ark
before the flood. Then you can get into it and
ride the waters in safety.
As I look back over the ten years which I
have spent in getting to my present status, I
wonder that I did not give up in despair, for so
many of my earlier efforts at self-treatment
ended in failure. I will not go Over a list of
my ailments, but they were many, and neuralgic
headache was one of the foremost and most dif-
ficult to vanquish. An effort at self -treatment
usually ended in a dose of phenacetine or anti-
pyrine. This was followed by remorse and a
promise to myself to be truer to my principles
on the next occasion, but when the next occa-
sion came (shall I confess it ?) history repeated
Once I sat by the seashore and saw some
thoughtless boys throwing sticks into the water
and sending their dog after them again and
again until the poor thing was so weary that
he could hardly get to the shore, and I finally
had to interfere in his behalf. The tired
creature reminded me so of myself that it
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seemed an object lesson. The dog did better
than I, though, for he secured what he went
after and brought it to shore, while I, so far,
had not and I wondered if I ever would. Still
there was something within me that led me on
and on in spite of failure and discouragement,
and I now see that I was really advancing all
the while, though I was not conscious of it.
Even after I began healing others I was sub-
ject to many a setback myself. I remember on
one occasion I had been suffering all night
with an attack of facial neuralgia, and one side
of my face was swollen badly. On the day fol-
lowing a patient called and my first im-
pulse was not to see her. That seemed coward-
ly, so I conquered the impulse and went down
to the drawing room, though at every step I
felt like turning and running the other way.
The patient noticed the swelling, but she did not
mention it till long afterward. She then said
her heart went down at the sight of it and she
wondered if I could help her when I was in
such a state, but, strange to relate, I did help
her. I gave a very strong treatment and
shortly after that the swelling in my face went
For the moment it had seemed an untoward
circumstance that a patient should come just at
that time and find me in such a condition, but
instead of that it was a means to an end, a hill
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to climb in the path of higher attainment. Even
the swollen face had its meaning and good was
to come out of the apparent ill.
But the most difficult of all to conquer was
my tendency to hay fever which had af-
flicted me from a child. For a time I seemed
to make very little headway, but after a while
I noticed that each year it came a little later
and left me a little earlier. That encouraged
me to believe that in time it would go entirely,
and it did.
But I must tell you a curious circumstance
connected with the hay fever, showing again
that disease is in the mind. At times when I
was suffering the most, if friends came in who
were particularly interesting so that my mind
was completely taken away from myself, every
trace of hay fever would disappear and I would
suddenly be conscious of myself as perfectly
free from every symptom, but they would all
come back again when my friends left me and
my thoughts centered again upon myself. It
is said that hay fever is caused by pollen float-
ing in the air at a certain season of the year. It
is not probable that the pollen was abstracted
from the atmosphere just while I was enter-
taining my friends, to be restored to it upon
their departure. It is more reasonable to sup-
pose that the pollen was present all the while
and that I was sensitive to it in some mental
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states and not sensitive in others, or to put it
more correctly — When the thought of hay
fever was in my mind the pollen affected me,
but when the thought of hay fever was crowded
out the pollen was powerless and could not pro-
duce in me the same symptoms, although I was
breathing it in and it was in contact with the
mucuous membrane. Evidently then the pollen
could not produce hay fever in me until its
proxy, in the form of a correspondence (a
thought) entered my mind.
I do not deny that material things have
power to harm us, but I believe they are ad-
mitted or barred out by mental states, and for
this reason I am convinced that we can fill the
mind with something which will make us im-
pervious to disease. I am also convinced that
while disease is present with us we can drive
it out, either all at once or by degrees, as the
case may be, and that we can do this by filling
the mind full with the very opposite of
disease. Every one has the power of imagina-
tion and every one can use it in picturing
health. Every one has known a comparative
state of health for brief moments at least, and
the recollection is sufficient to forma suggestion
or pattern for a mental picture to hold in the
imagination. Try it, dear friends, and you will
be surprised to find how much you will accom-
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And do not think because you are not well
yourself that you can not help another. Ke-
member my experience with the swollen face
and take courage. The more you try to help
others, the more you will put out of mind your
own ailments and finally they will disappear
I really believe that I owe my own perfect
state of health to the fact that I am always
treating others and totally forget my own
physical state, except once in a while when I
am recalled to myself and realize for the mo-
ment how well I am.
In their effort to get away from too vivid a
consciousness of material things some writers
in the New Thought are inclined to depreciate
or totally ignore the office of the external world
in the evolution of spiritual life. They forget
that were it not for external stimulus intelli-
gent expression would be impossible. Shut a
child away from all that acts on his senses and
his life on this plane would become extinct.
Shut him away partially and in proportion to
that shutting away does he lack in expression.
We need this touching on the outside to call
forth that which is within us.
As Emerson says: "We stand before the
secret of the world, there where Being passes
into Appearance and Unity into Variety."
That is the place to learn the secret, to stand
where Being passes into Appearance and see
both Being and Appearance; to stand where
Unity passes into Variety and see both Unity
To see Being and Unity only or Appearance
and Variety only is to stand far off and not be
present at the revealing of the secret.
This revealing is going on continually to him
who stands before the secret and the revealing
is the evolution of the spiritual consciousness,
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the seeing ever more and more clearly Being
as it passes into Appearance, Unity as it passes
I have said that mental healing is an art and
that it, like all art, is built upon a foundation
of Science. By this I mean that the mind must
perceive certain fixed and unalterable truths.
It must, for instance, see all Being as One and
it must also see that One as the Continent of
the Many, the Source of the Many, the Pro-
jector of the Many.
This is really the primal or basic truth upon
which all other truths in mental healing are
based. When the mind has grasped this it is
ready for other statements. It begins to see a
Perfect Whole, a Perfect Good, no matter how
imperfect, incomplete and apparently evil the
You are asked as a student of Mental Science
to perceive that All is Good, but you say —
How can I, when I see that a part of this All is
Evil ? But let me tell you how it is. Can you
not imagine a condition of pure white light in
which there is not a shadow? Of course it is
the "light which never shone on land or sea,"
for the moment it strikes the external world
and shines on land and sea it becomes divided
into light and darkness. The darkness looks
like evil, is indeed symbolic of evil, but it is
only a temporary separation of the pure white
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light, in which there is no shadow, as it passes
out from its prenatal state of Being. When it
is born into this world it becomes light and
darkness, i. e., the light has the shadow in it
and sometimes a very dark shadow it is. Often
the light seems almost swallowed up in inky
blackness, but the light shineth ever more and
more unto the perfect day. From darkness to
light is the evolution of the individual, from
the darkness of ignorance to the light of intel-
ligence, from the darkness of hate to the light
of love, from the darkness of despair to the
light of hope, from the darkness of sorrow to
the light of joy.
To see, feel and know this to be true is a
necessary step in attaining the healing state of
consciousness. Then to act as though it were
true strengthens that state and makes it per-
manent. To live the life is essential. In living
the life, in acting and doing, in making mani-
fest the light lies the Art of mental healing. It
is as much an Art as Music or Painting, calling
into play Emotion, Ideality, Imagination and
that wonderful touch of transcendent genius
which defies definition, that inspiration which
comes from the Great Source.
They say that Truth heals and one feels like
asking — What is Truth? If I tell you that a
whole is the sum of all its parts that is Truth,
but I venture to say it will not heal you.
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A cold mathematical statement never healed
any one. I must take that very statement and
do something with it before it will heal you.
And what must I do with it? I must let my
thought, my feeling and my imagination play
upon it until I see you as one of the parts of
the Whole of Being. Until I see you as within
this Whole and not outside of it. Being within
it I see you as a part but not as a separated
part, more like a finger on a hand.
Hold up your hand with the fingers extended
and the palm toward you and you will see what
I mean. The palm separates or diverges into
fingers very much as the Whole of Being sepa-
rates or diverges into external expressions. You
are the finger on the hand of Being and its
life is your life. The Whole is the sum of its
parts, therefore I see every living thing pro-
ceeding from the Whole, as a part of the Whole
and receiving the life of the Whole.
When I see this clearly it brings a great
influx of life and it is that life which heals.
It is that and not the dead bones of an anatomi-
cal statement, a mere skeleton of Truth. My
statement then becomes — The Living Whole is
the sum of its living parts. Science is thus in-
fused by the living breath of Art. It is the
Living Truth that heals, but to reach that Liv-
ing Truth we must use Science as a stepping
stone. By mechanical appliance we weld the
cup for our Holy Grail.
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There is a still higher truth which is based
upon the one I have just given you. It is this
— The Whole is not only the sum of its parts
but it is its parts and its parts are it. When
you get where you can see that, you have
reached the highest truth of all. It is a truth
so high that many stumble at it and will not,
dare not see it as it is. But there is no hurry.
Your mounting vision of Truth will overtop
the obstacle, and you will know the highest, all
in good time.
The day is coming, if not now, when you will
see yourself as continually proceeding from the
Father. It is in that sense that you are a child
of God and not in the sense of a child body
separated from its parent body. The ocean
is father to the stream that flows forth
from it and the sun is father to the ray of light.
The ocean gives of itself to its stream, and the
sun gives of itself to its ray. It is thus that
God, the Father, gives of Himself by continual
influx to His children. The only cutting off or
shutting off there can be is in the non-recog-
nition of this truth. We are only partially
awake concerning ourselves, but a fuller awak-
ening is just ahead of us and with this awaken-
ing will come a greater influx of life.
We are not independent of the external
touch of the world about us. Human beings,
circumstances and all things are ever touching
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the electric buttons which summon the light
from within. Were it not for these touches
God could not come forth and walk among
men. Divinity could not manifest itself in Hu-
You wish to learn how to do mental healing
and to that end you study course after course
of lessons on the subject. You follow definite
instructions and rehearse your denials and af-
firmations until your mind feels like a tread-
mill and you, the weary creature who is making
it go round and round. Are you getting any-
where ? No. How could you on a treadmill ?
Is this the way to learn mental healing? No,
Charles Brodie Patterson very aptly asks the
question — Has the Metaphysical Movement
found its soul? I answer positively — It has
not. The Metaphysical Movement will find
its soul when its teachers and adherents find
theirs, and not before.
And what do I mean by soul ? Well perhaps
I can define it better by saying what it is not, or
rather, where it is not. Science has no soul, Me-
chanics has no soul, Traffic has no soul, Mathe-
matics, Chemistry, Astronomy are all without
soul and the intellect alone is sufficient to com-
pass them. Soul may be infused into them of
course, but in themselves they may exist in the
form of mere mental activity and be soulless.
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Now while soul transcends definition we all
know it to something higher and better than
mere mental action. It is the soul in man which
enables him to lay aside personal interest and
live for the good of humanity. It is the soul
in man which makes him speak the truth to his
neighbor and deal squarely with him in busi-
ness relations. It is the soul in man, which, ap-
prehending Truth, is stirred and uplifted by it.
It is the soul in man which sends out a current
of healing Love to the world. It is the soul in
man which endeavors, not only to see the Ideal
but to live it as well. The Soul is all this and
more, far more than I or any one can express.
Just look at the wonderful results that have
been accomplished by the Fulton Street Noon
Prayer Meeting of New York City. I do not
know that it is now in existence, but years ago
I knew of it and the wonderful cures that were
wrought in response to the prayers there ut-
tered. They were simple prayers no doubt,
very likely illiterate and ungraminatical. Prob-
ably the mental statements of Being were quite
mixed and unscientific, so that our latter day
metaphysicians would have wholly scorned
them, but they did the work, and why? Be-
cause they were alive with SOUL.
My desire is to simplify this work of mental
healing. There is, to be sure, a deep Philos-
ophy connected with it which those may pursue
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who have the time and ability, but, in my opin-
ion, all students, whether making a limited or
extended study of the subject, need a central
truth to hold to. That truth I am constantly
endeavoring to express in one way or another in
my idea of "a radiant centre" of life andBeing
from which you and I and all things proceed.
I have dwelt upon this thought so long that I
can actually feel this great Centre of Energy
back of all I say, or think or feel or do. Some-
times when I have a letter from a patient ask-
ing for advice upon some perplexing situation,
it will seem to me that I have nothing to say
that will be helpful, but I begin the letter. I
put down the usual preliminary date and ad-
dress, and then, for an instant, there is a blank.
This is followed by a rush of thought, just to
the purpose and endorsed by my judgment as
the very thing that is best for the ques-
tioner. The need of the writer presses the
electric button in my mind and quick along the
wire leading to the centre runs the demand. In
response to it out from the centre rushes the
I believe in the power of words, or affirma-
tions. They too press the button and bring the-
current from the centre to circumference, but
word and formula are apt through repetition to
become dead and meaningless. In taking a
formula into the Silence it should not be re-
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peated mechanically but used rather as a
theme for meditation.
There has been much discussion of Jate as to
whether the healer heals the patient or whether
the patient heals himself. My answer is simple
enough: — The patient is connected with the
same source as the healer, but he does not know
how to press the button so as to turn on the
current and the healer does it for him. After
a time he learns how to do it himself.
All life unfolds from within and every indi-
vidual must grow, from within himself, his own
health, his own prosperity and his own happi-
ness. But, while thus unfolding from within,
he is acted upon from without. Otherwise
growth were impossible. Poverty, disease, ill
luck are nothing but calls for the Power Within
to come forth and manifest itself, and it is in
this sense that they are good.
Elbert Hubbard says — We are all children
in the Kindergarten of God. Yes, and we are
all growing creatures in the Gymnasium of
God, strengthening our spiritual muscle on the
bars of circumstance.
As you hold to the idea which I have given
you concerning your radiant centre of growth
you will little by little pass out of your present
state of consciousness and the knowledge of a
larger self will come to you. This larger self
will contain all that is best and highest and
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happiest in the smaller self while the little,
selfish motives with their vanities and conceits
will have passed away. The new consciousness
will feel so clean and sweet and good that it
will be just like moving out of an old musty
house, falling into decay, into a fresh, bright,
new one full of air and sunshine. And you will
go on from one state of consciousness into an-
other, each better than the last just as you
would move into better and better houses as
your circumstances improved. It is hard to
realize that these changes are in store for you
but they are. They are coming to me, and to
others, and they will also come to you.
The Apostle Paul knew just what he was
talking about when he said "Again I say unto
you, rejoice." He did not say "Kejoice when
something happens that gives you pleasure."
No, for then you would not need the command.
No one needs to be told to rejoice when every-
thing goes well and he is pleased to his heart's
core. Why then the command? Well, Paul
was a learned man and probably understood
metaphysics. People did in those days, for you
will find the very highest metaphysics in the
New Testament. Paul was an earnest man. He
not only preached but he lived the life and he
knew perfectly well that one can rejoice when
there is not a thing to be glad over. He knew
it and I know it, for I have tried it myself and
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succeeded. If the martyrs could smile and
sing when in cauldrons of boiling oil you and I
can rejoice in the midst of lesser ordeals.
Begin this very day to say within yourself:
"I will rejoice, I do rejoice." The first effort
may be a failure as first efforts are apt to be,
but do not give it up. Day after day declare
that you rejoice and after a time you will say
it with power enough to bring a flood of joy all
through your being. The time to try is when
thinks look very dark and you are most un-
happy. Then touch the button which sends
the call to the radiant centre, where there is
pure joyous life. The way is thus opened for
joy to pour into your mind and it comes.
The Vedantists have a beautiful teaching
that the Central Consciousness, which is syn-
onymous with Being or Life, is Pure Bliss, and
I believe that to be absolutely true. It appeals
to my reason. I feel it intuitively and have
reduced it to a working hypothesis.
The Swami Abhedananda in "The Way to
the Blessed Life," says: "True Life or being
or Blessedness is beyond time and space and is
not bound by conditions of any kind. It is
not subject to the laws of phenomena. It is in-
dependent and perfect, while the apparent life
is dependent upon the laws which govern the
world of phenomena, and is conditioned by
time and space. True Life or Eeal Being does
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not need any help from outside. It does not
require anything from beyond itself. It is
self-reliant, self-complete, self-sufficient and
self -loving; while the apparent life, being an
imperfect reflection of the True life, depends
upon the conditions of the environment, and
represents imperfectly those higher qualities of
self-reliance, self -completeness, self-sufficiency,
self-love and independence, which make the
True Life a blessed and perfect Whole.
"TJnblessedness consists in the idea of the
separateness of the part from the whole, and
in the bondages of other imperfections arising
from this mistaken notion of individual isola-
tion. To be united to the Whole, to be free
from the bondages of these imperfections, and
to be perfect — is Blessedness. Each individual
germ of life, which we have already called the
apparent life, possesses an innate tendency to-
ward the attainment of this Blessedness, and to
freedom from the conditions of unblessedness.
Our earthly life consists in a continuous fight
with the environments which have kept us
away from the Central Truth, or the Blessed
Life. We are constantly struggling to expand
the sphere of self-love, by breaking down the
walls of limitation which constrain the appar-
ent life to a narrow selfishness, and thus to be
united with the True Life of Perfection."
There is in you the innate tendency toward
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the attainment of Blessedness. There is in you
this True life of Joy and Blessedness which
is called forth to manifest itself when the but-
ton is pressed in the "apparent life." In this
True life you are without disease or unhappi-
ness. They are only shadows of the "apparent
lif e," and when the True Life appears, these
shadows flee away.
I have witnessed enough in genuine occult
phenomena to convince me beyond a doubt of
a Supreme Force which can manipulate so-
called matter in an infinitude of ways as yet
unknown to man. The immortal, indestructible
and all-powerful spirit which builds for itself
these bodies of ours, is looking to it that they
shall be remodeled, beautified, cleansed
and made plastic to the motions of that Spirit
which is in itself Joy, Health, Perfection,
Wholeness, Harmony, Beauty, Strength
and in fact all, even more than our present
ideals can compass. We sight but dimly the
glory that is to be revealed in us, and yet that
vision, faint though it be, is sufficient to call
us onward, ever onward in the path of reali-
Does that path look long and hard and
dreary to the disease racked and the heavy
laden ? Ah, yes, it must, but trust me, beloved,
it is shorter, easier and happier than you think.
The World-Illusion is holding your eyes that
you can not see, holding your feet that you can
not walk, holding your hands that you can
You are self -hypnotized by this Illusion while
the Truth stands waiting to make you free.
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I wish you could have witnessed with me
some wonderful experiments in the integration
and disintegration of matter, made by an
Adept from Thibet, for then you would
understand better upon what I base my
hope for humanity and you would know with
me that a self-hypnotic spell is binding man's
atoms into the form of weakness and disease.
With that lifted, the Spirit would instantly
shape all to its own true, healthful and beauti-
The Spirit can break this spell if you will
trust it, and you can, for it is Love, and you can
always trust Love.
Go into the Silence and ask the Spirit to re-
move this spell which is binding you. The
Spirit is Intelligence itself and it will hear. It
is Love itself and it will respond to your ap-
Kelax your entire body and say — I now drop
all my beliefs concerning myself and my pres-
ent condition. I am plastic to the motion of the
Spirit. Let it mould me as it will.
Tour first effort in this direction may not
count for much, but it will count for something,
for it will begin to loosen your bonds and per-
sistent effort will free you entirely.
No one can claim more of the power of the
Spirit than you can, although some may have
called more of it into expression, and those who
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have can help you by the touch of their mental
and spiritual vibration.
As I said in a previous lesson — You are
acted upon from without. You are touched by
other beings and by circumstance. This serves
to call forth the Spirit that is within you.
Others do not give you the Spirit, for it is not
theirs to give, since it is free to all. It is yours
and theirs as well.
If I go to your house and ring your bell it
is a summons for you to present yourself, and
you do so if you are at home and wish to see me.
The Spirit is always at home and it always
wishes to present itself. It is always pushing
Some people make you feel more alive. Do
you know why that is? They have the subtle
power of calling forth the Spirit from within
you. Those are the people for you to seek.
They do you good and help you on toward
health and happiness. This does not mean that
you are to lean on others or that others are to
live your life for you. It only means that life
is reciprocal and that no man liveth unto him-
Those who think and talk most learnedly are
not usually those who can help you most. It
is those whfc have suffered as you are suffering,
those who can feel deeply, those who can sym-
pathize with you, those who send you the
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beneficent current of their love, those who with
the eyes of true wisdom see your way out of all
this suffering, who can give you powerful aid.
I receive many complaints from people who
have studied Mental Healing for years and
who have accomplished nothing. Upon investi-
gation I generally find that such people are
busying themselves with a lot of non-essentials.
They are possibly trying to determine whether
reincarnation be true, or discriminating be-
tween such terms as Soul and Spirit, or Spirit
and Being, or Being and Non-Being, and while
the intellect is abnormally active, health and
happiness are at a low ebb within them.
In fact the mind may busy itself in this way
forever and be no nearer the truth it is really
seeking for the generation of more and hap-
pier life. I know this from my own experience,
when for years I wandered about among details
without grasping a central truth about which
to organize a new life. I once thought I must
be able to distinguish every element upon the
astral plane before I could create upon that
plane, but I know now that all this differentia-
tion is not essential, the main thing being to get
into rapport with the Spirit, to realize your one^
ness with it, and to feel it flowing through you
to will and to do. This is happiness in itself.
This is health in itself.
It is health and happiness ever increasing,
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and this once established, then you can differ-
entiate if you will, then you can study life's
problems at your leisure, for underneath and
supporting your mind there is a solid basis on
which you rest, a fulcrum upon which to place
"It makes no difference whether you call
the Supreme Power by the name of Brahma,
Zeus or God, to realize its Oneness is the first
step in Occultism."
It is also the first step on the path to health
of mind and body, for that is a path in Occult-
ism, since the way is hidden and only to be re-
vealed to him who seeks an alliance with occult
The fusion of the personal will with the will
of the Spirit is also a step. It is the letting go
of a lesser power to grasp a greater. The mis-
take of many is to suppose that it leads to
deprivation and pain. On the contrary it leads
away from both and brings one to the fulness
of peace and health.
It is several years since I reached the place
in my unf oldment where I could say from the
depths of my being — My will shall henceforth
be one with the will of the Spirit and I will
know no other leading.
That instantly brought me Peace. Wot stag-
nation, not inaction, but Peace, which means an
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activity based upon and proceeding from an un-
derlying state of repose and harmony.
I will now draw these lessons to a close, not
that I have uttered my last word on the sub-
ject, but because I have said enough to make
the series complete.
In "Mental Healing Made Plain" I have en-
deavored to show you a short cut to that which
you desire to attain, rather than to point out
the way in detail, and in doing this, dear read-
ers, my heart and soul is with you. May you
find and realize in its fulness,
"THE BLESSED LIFE."